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Three things we’re talking about today when we’re talking about the Caps

NHL: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

1. Morning Skate Update

No new information, really, from this morning’s skate (though there appears to be good news on the T.J. Oshie front):

But...

He’s in (and it looks like Sheary-Eller-Raffl is primed to face the Bergeron line, as we’d suggested). And speaking of in...

And on the “other” front...

And here’s what they’re likely to face:

2. One and Done?

Teams that win Game 1 in an NHL best-of-seven series end up winning those series 69 percent of the time (489-222). When the home team wins game one, that number jumps to nearly 76 percent (340-110).

For their part, the Bruins are on a five-Game 1 win streak (they’ve won three of those series), while the Caps have lost five of their last seven Games 1 (including dropping Game 1 in Vegas in 2018, a series that turned out okay).

This series is by no means over after one game, of course, but if the Caps lose on Saturday night (and lost home-ice advantage), they’d need to win four of six games against a red-hot Boston team; if they win, they only need to split six games to advance. It’s pretty important that the Caps hold serve in D.C., and that starts with a win tonight.

3. You Can Pick Your Friends...

The picks are in and, well...

You get the point.

There’s nothing playoff teams like more than to cast themselves as underdogs, and the Caps would appear to have a strong argument that that’s their role in this series, despite home-ice advantage. So it’s “Caps against the world,” a posture that suits Washington just fine: